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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
March 22, 2017
Elif Batuman’s Bold and Defiantly Imperfect novel
Elif Batuman’s debut novel reminds us that part of the novel’s genius that it made room for the extraneous and the unplanned
March 20, 2017
Caught Between Modernity and Tradition
With sympathy and ruthlessness, U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel
gives shape to the mutinies that raged within mid-century India.
March 13, 2017
Trump’s America Is Like a Dystopian Novel, With One Importance Difference
We’re not readers, but active participants—with the ability to rewrite the ending.
March 7, 2017
Trump Doesn’t Realize These Are Wars We Cannot Win
From Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII to today’s Afghanistan, America has developed a dangerous obsession with “winning.”
February 22, 2017
When Time Stopped Forever
Han Kang’s new novel mines the violent past and uncertain future of South Korean politics.
E. Tammy Kim
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February 14, 2017
Sick for Home, Nauseated by Home
The lens of
Homesick for Another World
is, almost without exception, fitted close-up on conversations, petty rumination, and squalid interiors.
Hannah K. Gold
February 2, 2017
Adam Thirlwell on the Many Moods of Henry Green
For the English novelist, life itself was a deadly business.
January 24, 2017
Donald Trump’s Strategy? Destroy the International Community in Order to Save It.
The new president has a wrecking ball, and “internationalism” is written all over it.
December 30, 2016
A Catalog of Cadavers
Claudia Salazar Jiménez sets out to conjure the experience of atrocity in Peru with her debut novel,
Blood of the Dawn
. The result is disquieting—though not in the way you’d expect.
December 24, 2016
Charles Dickens and the Ghosts of Christmas Present
Our duty as citizens and humans does not end with an electoral disappointment. It begins.